Leicester Square Bar & Restaurant
By day, the restaurant's cream leather and white marble is bathed in natural light, creating an airy feel for long, lingering lunches. Striking zebra-striped low tables and deeply comfortable couches are equally good for morning coffee, afternoon tea or pre-dinner drinks. By night, the understated style of this hidden gem is a welcome respite from the bright lights and brashness of the square itself.
A well-designed menu includes a range of lighter dishes from the bar, including Shetland mussels in white wine and cream and Welsh cockles in garlic and mayonnaise. The restaurant menu features simple delicacies, such as organic farmed Scottish salmon with wild mushrooms and lemon butter sauce, poached skate wing with dill sauce, and smoked haddock with poached egg and spinach. Turf is as well represented as surf, with options from the grill including seasonal favourites like beautifully tender Kentish salt marsh lamb and the memorable 28-day-aged rib-eye steak from Dillon's Farm in Northern Ireland.
Service is warm and unfailingly friendly, with first-class product knowledge. Dressed up or down, it's a smart choice for West End dining without an ounce of pretension.